Advanced printmaking: experimentation and development

Course Dates: 12/10/23 - 20/06/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
This year-long advanced course is aimed at artists who wish to expand their print-based practice through exploring the integration of printmaking with a range of other media and processes. It includes: individual and collaborative practice; the creation of a body of work in a range of print- and print-related media; the production of a print publication, and a public exhibition of work. As you acquire advanced skills you will be encouraged to explore your own ideas and themes developing a sustainable art practice that is both meaningful to you and relevant to the contemporary art world.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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  • Course Code: VS500
  • Dates: 12/10/23 - 20/06/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Mon+Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 54 sessions (over 37 weeks)
  • Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
  • Tutor: Rolina Elsje Blok, David Holah, Monika Kita

Course Code: VS500

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Started Mon+Thu, eve, 12 Oct - 20 Jun '24

Duration: 54 sessions (over 37 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This practical course is predicated on the relationship of fine art printmaking with other traditional and contemporary practices and media (eg: book forms, photography, moving image, digital). Its primary focus is on the development and discovery of working processes that support your creative aims through the expansion of your approaches to printmaking and the resulting outcomes.
Printmaking is a vital, constantly evolving medium that intersects in multiple ways with most contemporary media and practices. This course will enable you to discover ways to enrich your printmaking and take it in new directions, led by your ideas, and discovery. A small proportion of the course content may be delivered online.
Note: this course consists of 30 Thursday evenings (1800-2100) and an additional 9 Saturdays (1030-1630; 3 per term).

This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

A team of artist-tutors will guide you through projects exploring:
- the relationship between printmaking and other forms of art-making (digital and traditional) in experimental, creative practices;
- creative use of imaging and layout software (eg: Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign) and their integration with manual/hand processes (eg: Silkscreen printing, relief printing, etc);
- the theoretical relationship and creative potential of combined processes within traditional and contemporary narrative forms (eg: book, moving image).
As the course progresses, you will develop a personal project which you will see through to completion and exhibition.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- complete a project proposal and a supporting artist’s statement, produce and present a body of print/media-based work, and exhibit within a group setting
- use a range of digital software/hardware in conjunction with traditional processes and develop your own creative practices to produce a body of finished work
- command greater technical and creative control over your individual art practice, across a range of media, techniques and processes
- understand in greater depth the critical and theoretical implications and potential inherent in the combination of media and processes
- take advantage of a fuller range of possibilities presented as a result of your creative exploration of technologies and media, both new and old.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

As this is an advanced course, students will be expected to be experienced in at least one of the main traditional printmaking processes (or digital printing) Experience with digital imaging or design software will be helpful but is not essential.
Skills in the following areas may also be advantageous, but are not required: photography; digital video editing; 3D modelling/animation; book/page layout software.
This course may be studied after, or at the same time as, VS986 (Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse). It is intended to help printmakers to discover and develop new possibilities through the exploration of related processes and media.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- You will receive one-to-one and group tuition, via tutorials, assignments, practical research, and workshops.
- You will be introduced to new techniques and processes, and be given the opportunity to explore their potential within individual and collaborative work.
- You will be taught a combination of concepts and technical/practical skills in the City Lit print studio and the digital lab, and encouraged to spend some time outside class developing ideas in sketchbooks and studies.
- The course will consist of technical demonstrations, practical work, lectures and presentations, group discussion and tutor/peer feedback.
- There will be offsite visits, recommended galleries and exhibitions in London, and recommended viewing/online research, in your own time.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If your work involves photography, you will need to use your own camera or phone (as appropriate). You may wish to work on your own laptop/tablet and software, offsite, for the digitally-focused parts of the course; we will provide computers with current software where required on-site. Basic printmaking materials are provided. If your work involves specialist materials or processes, you may need to source them for yourself, through advice/guidance from course tutors.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Suitable progression routes from this course include other advanced City Lit courses, for example: City Lit fine art (VM551/VM552/VM553); Developing art practice (VM563); Contemporary practice: personal project (VM676). Other options include application to HE courses (BA/MA) in relevant subject specialisms, or independent professional/commercial practice in fine art media.

See the links below for examples of work by students who have previously completed this course:

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.

Monika Kita

Monika Kita is an artist and filmmaker. Video installation, sound and photography form her practice and works have been shown at festivals and exhibitions across the UK, Europe, and South America, including Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, BBC Shorts, East End Film Festival and Venice Biennale. Teaching is an integral part of her practice. Her flexible approach encourages connection between conception, making and materials, recognising spontaneity and liberation to be at the ‘beating heart’ of practice and pedagogy.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.